Warrnambool Yacht Club regatta deemed massive success

Warrnambool's Jon Goodall starts to tack, as Portland's Brad Hein and Tim O'Toole catch up. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Warrnambool's Jon Goodall starts to tack, as Portland's Brad Hein and Tim O'Toole catch up. Picture: Rob Gunstone

EXCITING race resulting in cut-throat finishes underpinned a field of high-quality racing at the Warrnambool Yacht Club’s annual regatta.

Portland-based sailor Brad Hein took top honours, emerging first in the division one competition aboard a Taipan sloop 4.9 vessel.

Matt Harper, meanwhile, emerged victorious in division two, while Glenda Allen (division three) and Annabel O'Toole (division four).

Warrnambool Yacht Club commodore Don Allen said about 20 boats raced on both Saturday and Sunday.

“It was entertaining for us racing, because it was pretty close between all boats,” Allen said.

“We had a handicap system which worked well and it certainly resulted in some really close finishes. It was fantastic.

“We had sailors come from Portland, Colac, Stawell, Derrinallum and Warrnambool, so it was a good turnout.”

Allen said Hein was a worthy winner of the top grade.

“He’s been sailing in this region since he was about three years old, so he’s been at it for a long time,” Allen said.

  • For photos of the event, turn to page 20.